It has now been determined that the 1975 Plymouth Valiant with Minnesota license plates was stolen in Green Bay back in 1979. The car was owned by Paul Renard, who at the time was 27 years old. He had left the car running outside the Duck Duck Goose nightclub on North Clay Street in Green Bay on March 10, 1979. When he came out of the bar that Saturday night, the car was gone. The theft was reported to police that night. Mr. Renard died last year before he could find out what happened to his car but family members confirmed the details. Whoever stole the car put its transmission in drive and used a tire iron to hold down the gas pedal to dump the car into the river at the end of Cherry Street, police Lt. Andy Lewis said in a statement. The pedal was rusted to the floorboard.
Evidence technicians sifted through a large amount of silt in the car, but found no other items inside, Lewis said. There are no leads on who stole the car and it is most likely that the person will never be brought to justice. It is possible that this person is already dead, could be in prison for other crimes, or may have just been lucky and got away.
If you have any information on this case, you may contact the Green Bay Police Department.
Green Bay, WIS. - Crews involved in the Fox River Clean Up in Green Bay, Wisconsin made an interesting discovery onwhile testing river depths. Crews found a submerged car in about 19 feet of water at the bottom of the Fox River. Authorities were notified and the process of getting it out was started.
The car appears to be quite old and was covered in Zebra Mussels when it was pulled out. From the condition of the car, police believe it has been down there for an "extended period of time," though it is unclear at this time exactly how long. They believe it was likely in the river before the adjacent CityDeck was built in 2008. It is a four-door car, possibly a ragtop. Police say it has a larger frame, which leads them to believe it may be an older model. The car has damage to its front end.
Because of the Minnesota plates, Green Bay officials have been in contact with MN officials over 250 miles away to try to identify who the car belongs to and the circumstances surrounding its current predicament.
No more information was released at this time. There was no report of a body in the car or that police are even searching for one.
More updates to come.